Nobel prize winner in 2009 for his contributions in the field of chemistry, Sir Venkataraman Ramakrishnan has been elected as the new President of the Royal Society of London founded for promoting Physico-Mathematical Experimental Learning.
Sir Venki, who has been acting as the deputy director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, will take the post from 1 December this year replacing Sir Paul Nurse (Geneticist and cell biologist) who headed the prestigious institute since 2010.
After studying B.Sc. in physics from Baroda University, India, Ramakrishnan went to Ohio University in the USA for his Ph.D. Further, he studied biology at the University of California and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University. Ramakrishnan was awarded Nobel prize in 2009 along with Rom Steitz and Ada Yonath, for study on ribosomes. Moreover, he was elected as the member of the Royal Society back in 2003 and after 12 years of tiring work and immense contribution he has awarded the President’s post of the same prestigious and renowned institution.
The Royal Society that was officially founded on 28 November 1660 has seen many great persons as its President. While The Viscount Brouncker being the first, 60 other great scientists headed The Royal Society including Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Humphry Davy, Sir Joseph Williamson, Sir Joseph Hooker, Joseph Banks, Sir George Stokes, J.J. Thomson, Sir Ernest Rutherford, etc.
Moreover, the President is among the few people authorised to certify that a particular experiment on an animal was justified (under the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876) besides, being the government’s chief advisor on scientific matters. The President is also tasked with entertaining distinguished foreign guests and scientists.
World’s greatest scientists and thinker around the globe meet at the Royal Society with a prime motto to promote science and encourage the development of science and technology for the benefit of mankind.